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Category Archives: Celebrations
May was busy, but at least it was a good busy unlike April. The month was full of celebrations from a wedding to birthdays and graduations. Oh yeah and Mother’s Day was thrown in the mix for good measure.
0 – Weight lost, also the amount of weight gained – so there’s that
1 – New dishwasher!
2 – New lenses
4 – Other moms who enjoyed a Mother’s Day brunch with me
6 – Bras for $30 shipped from Zuilily
9 – Celebrations, all those birthdays and graduations – I even posted my favorite graduation speech on YouTube
13 – Projects completed, most of them were celebration related!
24 – Tables decorated for a friends wedding, which was a great way to spend time with my girls
31 – Pictures on Instagram
47 – Countries that visited the blog
178 – Words added to my book, the celebrating cut into my writing time
618 – Pageviews on Just Wanna Be Me
1640 – Squats completed in the month of May
All in all, May was a good month with many happy moments to celebrate with family and friends. I must admit, I wouldn’t mind if June was a little more lo-key.
Share your plans for June!
1 – Day celebration for Spring Break. We explored Arizona Falls and had lunch at the Golden Corral, I think grown up should automatically get two weeks off too!
1 – That one pound I lost last month, I found it again. Boo!
4 – Projects complete
5 – Hours of interviews for my son to work at a camp this summer, yes I am a good mom and I got lots of studying done
6 – Tickets to the Improv to celebrate a family birthday
14 – Pieces of clothing from the thrift store, I like to call them treasures
27 – Instagram pix
739- Blog page views, Utah loves me
1090 – Words added to my new book, that’s more than a fifth of my 2015 goal in one month
Overall March was good and productive, I’m hoping I can say the same about April in the next couple of weeks. I would love to hear about how your month is going and the goals you are achieving!
Remember at the beginning of the year when we set some goals? This February I was still plugging away at mine. How about you?
1 – Pound lost. Here’s to not finding it!
1 – Fancy date at Orange Sky
1 – Insurance designation completed
2 – Days of the American Night Writers Association writing conference
4 – Belly dancing classes
4 – Bags of chocolate to share with my kiddos for Valentine’s Day
5 – Projects completed, but they were good ones
10 – Countries visited Easy as PIE, well not the whole country but you know what I mean
18 – Holes of miniature golf
25 – Pictures posted on Instagram
593 – Words my new writing project
601 – Easy as PIE page views
Whether your February was filled with progression your New Year’s resolutions or other fun stuff, I’d love to hear about your month.
I missed choosing a word of the year last year. But the 2015 word makes me smile, happiness.
The day after I decided on my 2015 word of the year, I thought about church discussions that happiness being fleeting and how we should strive to have joy. While joy is the ultimate long term goal, I don’t think I could achieve joy without ample happy experiences.
While I’m not looking for selfish moments of fleeting pleasure, I am hoping to discover what makes me happy. Often the simple question “Where do you want to go for dinner? overwhelms me. Even more than struggling with restaurant choices, this Christmas I realized I became accustomed to centering my celebration on making the holidays special for my children, I lost touch with what makes Christmas special for me.
I’ve spent so many years pleasing others, that I think it’s time to take a bit and focus on finding those things that make me happy, what makes me smile. For example, when I was packing up the Christmas decorations, I had to leave this little guy out just because I feel lighter every time I see it.
I was trying to think of a picture that embodies happiness and went to my Facebook friends for suggestions. They had great examples of what happiness looks like to them: family, service, nature, babies and the Holy Spirit started the list. But those things can be hard to capture in a single snapshot. I decided that my cute little Santa timer is going to be my happiness mascot and I’m going to make it a goal to share images throughout the year of simple things that brighten my day. I think I’ll call them Happiness Helpers!
Here’s to a year of smiles and happiness! I’d love your comments sharing your 2015 word or what makes you happy.